Bedford College’s Samantha Jones named as teacher of the year

Samantha Jones
Samantha Jones receives her award as teacher of the year.

Samantha Jones, an advanced practitioner at Bedford College, has been named as teacher of the year at the Times Educational Supplement Further Education Awards.

Samantha has worked for the College for over 14 years, moving into the Teacher Education and Scholarship Department in 2013 and teaches on the PGCE Certificate in Education course.

The award recognised Samantha’s ‘outstanding commitment to the development of the course, the student learning experience and her own teaching best practice.’

This has been proven with the increase in achievement of students rising from 89.7% in 2015/16 to 95.5% in 2016/17. Bedford College predict achievement will reach 97% for 2017-18.

Ian Pryce CBE, principal and CEO of The Bedford College Group said: “These awards are the highest accolade in the educational sector so for our staff to win three years in a row in the realm of teaching demonstrates that we offer the very highest standards.

“Congratulations also go to our finance director, Pat Jones, who was shortlisted in the Leader of the Year Awards.”

This is the third year in the row that the Bedford College Group have been recognised in the awards.

The previous two awards were won by Keith Haynes of Tresham College, who won assessor of the Year in 2018, and in Judith Larsen who won teacher of the year in 2017.